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  1. What gets me is how #######g stupid these guys are. Calling the POTUS from a restaurant in Kiev on your cell phone, not to mention amplifying the call so that others in this public restaurant can listen in? I guess they don't care that Russia's listening because Russia is our friend but talk about your security breaches from the guys who LOVE to talk about the critical need for secure communications.... Heck, maybe the hearsay crowd can get a transcript of the call from the Russians and do us all a solid.
  2. I sure wish they would take it to provide some clarity on the DOJ's ever-expanding opinion about the criminal investigation/prosecution of a sitting President. Given the current make-up of the Court however, I doubt they will want to take that on.
  3. Sure, for the likes of Nunes, Jordan and Graham who don't seem to support the impeachment of any sitting republican president for any reason. My point is that their justification requires a great deal of hypocrisy and intellectual dishonesty.
  4. Will any evidence be presented formally on Cohen hush money payments as campaign finance violations? That seems like a slam dunk, no brainer to me as Cohen has already been convicted of felonies and has already testified before House Oversight. Trump's fixer paid off porn stars to prevent any negative publicity during the election. He committed a felony in doing so that is for more grave and salacious than lying about sexual relations with an intern. Cohen also provides context of the inner workings within Team Trump, in the absence of any cooperation, that provides a bridge between the Zelinsky ask and the porn star payoffs in that the "ask" was typical Trump behavior in not so subtly strong-arming someone else to do his dirty work. And what about obstruction counts? Those too are no brainers to me proof-wise (we sent a subpoena and they didn't show up or comply). In response, these counts also require verbal gymnastics from republicans to argue that (1) Presidential compliance with Congressional subpoenas is voluntary and cloaks every official within the executive branch with a blanket privilege from compliance; and (2) in the absence of any cooperation, hearsay is not admissible within an impeachment inquiry. They can't have it both ways saying that everything the President and his minions do is privileged and then whine when 3rd party evidence is offered. Furthermore, this isn't a criminal trial like Stone or Manafort's, where hearsay would be allowed under numerous exceptions to the general rule. This is a political process and the Rules of Evidence governing hearsay simply do not apply. Those who parrot hearsay as an ongoing objection are simply incorrect.
  5. That "policy" being the withholding of Congressionally appropriated aid in exchange for the announcement of an investigation into a political rival of POTUS in anticipation of an upcoming election? Doesn't seem like a "policy" to me - more like a shake down to solely benefit the President - not the USA's interests.
  6. There is no reason for Schiff to know the identity of the whistleblower any more than Trump, because the whistleblower's identity is protected by law. It's therefore perfectly reasonable that Schiff, as an ex-prosecutor, knows of this legal protection and has not taken steps to learn the whistleblower's identity. And, as others have mentioned, the whistleblower's identity has nothing to do with the allegations of impeachable offenses, except possibly for the President's and other's actions in attempting to threaten or out the whistleblower, which could be separate violations of law for which he/they could be impeached.
  7. Jordan says it's just a political hit. Riiiiiiiiight. "An investigation commissioned by the university and conducted by the Perkins Coie law firm found that what Strauss was doing was an “open secret” and that the coaches and administrators at Ohio State knew for two decades that the doctor was abusing students but failed to stop him, according to a report released in May."
  8. My Dad died of cancer at 54, so when I turned 50, I freaked out a little and went in for a full physical. That led to a colonoscopy (all good) and blood work, which led to high PSA levels, which led to a prostate biopsy, which led to a "no cancer" diagnosis. Since my PSA remains high, I have to go back to the urologist yearly but the upshot is that he prescribes me ED meds. ED is not a serious issue for me (more like normal non-performance issues after 25 years of marriage), but I considered it like a Scooby Snack for being proactive about my health. Just do it - ED could be a sign of something more serious.
  9. So narrow-minded. How can you discount programs that call for printing on two sides of the page, encouraging bike to work programs for city employees, dimming the lights at meetings, and passing heartfelt resolutions?
  10. Tough to do when our current Justice Department works under an edict that a sitting President cannot even be criminally investigated, let alone prosecuted.
  11. I assumed the poll meant voting blue down the line, in which case I said it depends. I don't support Trump, his apologists, or all of the baggage that comes with it. I will vote for a republican in the right circumstances though. Yesterday, I voted for a republican to serve on our city council - A good, decent, level-headed guy with lots of experience. He got walloped by the young, hispanic democrat touting climate change as his big issue.
  12. I voted early last week. Only elections were for city council. My next door neighbor is an incumbent. I voted for the other guy because my neighbor isn't very bright or creative in his thinking. Could make for some interesting conversation next time I come asking to borrow something.
  13. It's truly baffling. Our President is being proven to be a Russian agent, surrounded by Russian agents, oligarchs and mobsters, making decisions that are in the best interests of Russia in clear violation of the law, paying off porn stars to keep them silent. And the response from those who felt compelled to impeach Clinton over lying about a BJ in a sexual harassment deposition is "Meh"? The hypocrisy is astounding, but impeachment is the proper course. Let those who condone election meddling, Russian hacking and interference, cozying up to organized crime, tax fraud, campaign finance violations, shady back channels around official diplomatic channels, obstruction of justice, and general grifting plant their flag on the wrong side of the line. Screw the political ramifications - it's about doing the right thing. Letting this all go because of the political fallout is insane and will do permanent damage.
  14. Ha! That's some poor personal pronoun usage by me. My wife's parents.
  15. 52, with about 500k in 457 and 401K plans. I'm burned out in my job and need to move on, but the salary is good and it's all about grinding for the pension for me. I qualify for early retirement and a pension at 55 and can buy up to 4 years of additional service (maxing out contributions to 457 now to pay for it). Retiring at 57 and buying 4 years of service gets me to about 75% of our comfortable monthly spending - It's a nice pension. Figure that I can work part time to get our income close to 100% of spending and/or spend less until SS kicks in. My mom is 82 and has some $ and a nice house. My wife's folks are late 80's/early 90's and also have some $ and real estate, so there is likely to be some inheritance(s). We paid off our house last spring. 1 kid is gainfully employed and the other graduates college next year, both debt free - Grad school is up to them, on their dime. Wife is still working retail, after being stay at home, but she has very little in retirement and enjoys her work. She gets insurance through work, but I would need my own plan. We live cheaply. My wife worries that we won't have enough income in retirement and that I will become a lazy slob. In fact, she worries about everything and is likely to drive me insane with her stress, frugality, and quinoa salads if I retire early. At this point though, I just want to detach from my desk, take control of my schedule, get more exercise, and see the world. It might just turn out to be an unpaid sabbatical where I realize that I need to work to be fulfilled, but I doubt it.